In an interview with news Agency TASS, the Deputy head of the Federal service for military-technical cooperation Anatoly Punchy told about the negotiations with the countries of Latin America on purchases of Russian anti-aircraft systems. In particular, he noted that the armies of the region are not planning to close its sky s-300 and s-400.
This position of potential buyers is justified by political and economic reasons. Pinchuk noted that the budgets of the Latin American military institutions and so modest, and Russian complexes, though cheaper than its foreign analogues, but still quite expensive. In addition, the necessary training, which also needs funding.
But the main stopping factor is the position of the West, particularly the United States. Washington aggressively respond to the increase of defense capability of any country do not fall under his influence. Particularly acute problem is with air defense systems, capable to neutralize enemy aircraft, the main weapon of the Pentagon. In this regard, the governments of Latin American countries fear the sanctions that will undermine the already troubled economy of the region.
However, not so «radical» system as, for example, «Shell-» Latin America intends to purchase in the quantities needed for reliable defense.